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Elijah Anderson

February 9, 2013

Elijah Anderson is the William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of Sociology at Yale University. Prior to his professorship at Yale, Anderson was a distinguished faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania.

After earning his Ph.D. from Northwestern University, Professor Anderson worked as an assistant professor of Sociology at Swarthmore College. In 1975, he joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, becoming an associate professor in 1981 and a full professor in 1988. In 1989, Professor Anderson was appointed the Max and Heidi Berry Term Chair in the Social Sciences. Professor Anderson was then appointed the Charles and William L. Day Professorship in 1991, and became a Distinguished Professor in 2001. In 2008, he was accorded the Charles and William L. Day Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the Social Sciences at Penn. In 2007, he joined the faculty of Yale.

Professor Anderson’s work in urban ethnography and cultural theory has offered a modern body of research and critical analysis on the Black experience in Philadelphia and other cities. His ethnographic studies have ranged from street corners in Chicago to avenues in North Philadelphia. His latest book, The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Every Day Life examines cross-cultural interactions in the public and quasi-public spaces of Center City, Philadelphia. In addition to his many publications, Anderson has also been instrumental in raising consciousness through dialogue, organizing the 2006 national conference “Poor, Young, Black, and Male: A Case for National Action?”

Lauren Alcena, CAS ‘13

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